A wise man says holiness is rightness of character while righteousness is rightness of conduct. God’s expectation of believers is that we should be like Him. Believers are expected to be right in character as well as in conduct. It is important to mention that the standard of rightness expected both in character and conduct is according to scriptures. What is considered to be “right” in the world may be the opposite when weighed with the standard of the word of God.
The simple acid test for every believer is to check the difference by self-examination between the world and our lives. If we do not think differently, speak differently and act differently from the world, something is fundamentally missing – the nature of God (holiness). Jesus said:
“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” – John 15:19
Jesus Christ made clear that believers are not of the world but chosen out of the world. It looks like the advancement in technology, information technology breakthroughs and civilization has relegated that statement to “old school” in practical terms. The dressing, thoughts, words, actions of believers (the church) is not different from that of the world today. The music of the world, dancing steps and all forms of satanic gyration have been imported into the church. According to Jesus Christ in our text today, believers are chosen out of the world to change the world, to influence the world in the way of the Word of God. Jesus Christ also said:
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:13-16
As believers, we must vow never to lose our savor, we must vow to shine our candle of holiness and righteousness in a world filled with satanic darkness of sin and iniquity. Jesus Christ said we must let our light “of holiness” so shine before men so that they may see our good works “of holiness” and become impressed so that they begin to glorify our Father which is in heaven.
Brethren, we cannot think like them, talk like them, dress (half-naked or shape revealing) like them, and behave like them and influence them. Darkness can never be different from darkness. It takes light to be different. Holiness demands an inside out process. There is always what to be so that we can be able to do what we should do to see what we want to see. Thank God for faith but holiness is the stronghold of our Christianity. Without holiness everything will fall apart like a pack of card, including our faith. God demands that we are holy in all manner of conversation. The Bible says:
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;” – I Peter 1:15
The message of holiness is never a popular message but is the foundation of Christianity. Without holiness no man shall see the Lord. God is not going to use popular opinions, “likes” or “followership” on the social media to determine His action or response. We are in the end of the last days.
Brethren, let’s check our thoughts, our words and our actions are they in line with scriptures?
Scriptures for meditation: Philippians 4:8; II Timothy 3:1-7
Jesus is Lord!